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Oredigger94

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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:34:30 AM

Escherichia coli can cause serious food poisoning but Korean scientists have come up with a more helpful use for the sometimes-deadly bacteria: producing gasoline.

Using genetically modified E. coli to generate biofuel isn’t new. U.K. scientists said in April they have developed a process under which the bacterium turns biomass into an oil that is almost identical to conventional diesel–a development that followed similar research by U.S. biotechnology firm LS9 in 2010.

But the breakthrough this time is important because the reprogrammed E. coli can produce gasoline, a high-premium oil product that’s more expensive than diesel if the biofuel becomes commercially viable, according to Prof. Lee Sang-yup at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
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tillandsia
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:44:56 PM

This sounds terribly inefficient.
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 1:22:32 PM

The question to me, assuming the process can be ramped up, is: Where does the glucose to feed into the process come from? If sugar or starch, then it's a non-starter (except perhaps in Brazil). Start from cellulose, however, and maybe we have something usable.
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evowner
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:24:50 AM

We'll try anything to keep the old ICE technology?
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Skunk63
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:03:57 AM

I thought this appeared in The Onion.
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:42:20 AM

580 mg an hour will take long time to fill up, you will be dead by that time.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:28:45 AM

An interesting scientific use.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:14:45 AM

Ok.
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car253
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:10:20 AM

Just what we need.
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Bobmilan
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:01:47 AM

Regulations blocking natural oil/gas will not speed progress on this project.
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ostrichNV
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:57:30 AM

Hmm, strange...as some beneficial scientific discoveries are.

I mean, as an example, penicillin, which has saved millions of lives, comes from mold...
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Retired-Coastie
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:56:37 AM

E. Coli in my tank over ethanol any day!
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BurntOrange
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:45:47 AM

Here come the E. Coli speculators.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:45:16 AM

way to go..
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:39:28 AM

interesting
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:39:24 AM

Cool!
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IronMyShirt
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:39:16 AM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:27:27 AM

That's good research maybe our children or grandchildren will be able to use this
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Pramodsharma
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:25:01 AM

are they full of E.Coli or promoting this dangerous bac
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Evilmaddog
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:56:47 AM

mutated E coli ...... zombies are coming
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:56:43 AM

good, keep that crap over there
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gmaonthego
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:54:53 AM

E.Coli fumes or carbon monoxide???????
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roadrunnerMO
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:46:14 AM

Do not use food to make fuel...
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BigRedVTX
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:22:35 AM

Interesting to see what comes of this as time goes on. Note biofuel, not ethanol.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:16:49 AM

Hopefully this will lead to greater cost efficiency.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:14:38 AM

Great!
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:13:48 AM

Sounds slimy to me
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:13:33 AM

We should try that. You could find a good amount at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, D.C.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:03:17 AM

Keep researching! Beat OPEC!
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:01:56 AM

Theres more bad than good out of this one.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:00:04 AM

SOUNDS VERY INTERESTING AT THIS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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silverfoxv65
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:56:50 AM

Well you never know it could lead to something good.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:56:34 AM

At least they put it to a good use!!!
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:52:49 AM

Interesting but more expensive should rule it out for now.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:50:41 AM

A big "if the biofuel becomes commercially viable" before it becomes a reality.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:49:10 AM

Well.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:47:50 AM

One man's trash is another man's treasure!
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:47:14 AM

More expensive, not good
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:44:45 AM

Interesting find...I just don't want to buy something more expensive
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:43:48 AM

And don't siphon it out of the tank ...........
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:35:24 AM

Be sure to wash your hands before you eat.
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